ATLAS Blog

ATLAS celebrating the International Women's day!

8th March 2010 – Today ATLAS celebrates the role of women in physics its own way. ATLAS has encouraged its staff and users to place as many women as possible on shift in the control room and to serve as guides for official visits.

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A titan awakes

1st March 2010 – At approximately 2:40 am Central European Time, ATLAS saw particles from the LHC for the first time in 2010.  As in previous LHC turn-on periods the first thing we see are beam splashes from the LHC beams as they slowly thread the beam through the LHC ring for the first time.

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The calm before the storm

27th February 2010 – The Control Room is quiet. The configurations are set. The trigger menu is uploaded. The shifters are ready. All that is left is for the LHC to deliver beam.

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Gearing-up for the 2010 run!

25th February 2010 – ATLAS has been taking cosmic rays data this month exercising new features of the data acquisition, including protocols to start and control the run.

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First Integrated Run in 2010

2nd February 2010 – Today ATLAS has started the integrated runs. This has happened before, nevertheless this is the first time ATLAS subdetectors get together after the winter break, a lot of work has been done since then.

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All Bunched Up!

6th January 2010 – High Energy Physicists have been waiting for many years to see the LHC turn on.  Now that it has been turned on, the network of physicists around the world have quickly been harnessed.  It can be considered a phase transition in particle physics.

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Just a taste

11th December 2009 – At 21:32 pm on December 8th, the LHC did something that no other accelerator has ever done before.

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